This is Life Scout Trey Isham and for my Eagle Scout Leadership project I am undertaking a day long U.S. Flag retirement here at the Cokes Chapel across the street outside the Contemporary Worship Center. Currently this event is planned for Saturday April 1st. Plans are to start setting up at 8:00am then have 3-4 group rotations of retirements starting mid-morning and ending just before sunset.
This all day event will be a tribute to Jimmy Stewart, a former Brigadier General in the Air Force, Actor and a Life ranked Boy Scout. The Scouts if they choose will be working towards completing one of the requirements towards earning the BSA Jimmy Stewart Good Citizenship Medal and patch as they participate in this community event in his tribute.
To complete the requirements towards the citizenship medal, a workbook is required. You will need to make a commitment to work the event to receive the workbook. We will also be showing once in the morning and again in the afternoon, the Jimmy Stewart classic movie, “Mr. Smith goes to Washington”. Although this movie is not required, for the award it does fulfill a requirement towards American Heritage MB. Mr. McCarthy will be giving opportunities during the next few months to earn Citizenship in the Nation and American Heritage MB and completing the requirements for the Jimmy Stewart award. Plans are to give out the medal awards at the May Court of Honor.
With your support, I am making plans to lead the scouts to respectfully retire more than 100 flags during that time period. I currently have in my collection over 50 flags in many different sizes. I am making plans to advertise this event in the next few weeks; as well as where flags can be dropped off by the public. This information will be conducted through the Times Herald newspaper, at Cokes Chapel, at my school and through you the scouts to collect additional flags.
A schedule of worktimes will be available in the next few weeks for sign up. Plans are to have at least three retirements during the day. I will have snacks during the day, lunch and evening meals for workers. Scouts wishing to participate will be required to be in full Scout field uniforms; this will include, scout socks, pants, belt, shirt, neckerchief and slide, merit badge sash is optional.
Please watch the troop website, “troop2193.org” for additional updates. The medal, patch and workbook will be on display at this Thursday troop meeting.
This will be a great day of patriotism, service and tribute to “Old Glory”
Life Scout Trey Isham